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More sport | A quadruple Olympic podium, a great attraction in Barcelona

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There are athletes unknown to the general public, but absolute references in their specialty. One of them will participate on October 23 at the Ciutat de Barcelona Table Tennis Trophy. The German Timo Boll was the flag bearer for his country at the 2016 Rio Games. A distinction that already speaks of its category. Along with the Spanish Olympians Galia Dvorak and Maria Xiao will be the proper names in Salle Bonanova.

Boll has been number one in the world on multiple occasions and has four Olympic medals, two silver and two bronze, the last one achieved at the Tokyo Games at 40 years old. In the month of June in Warsaw he had been proclaimed absolute European champion for the eighth time, this time winning Dimitrij Ovtcharov (who has dropped out of the tournament in Barcelona) in a fully German final. And a month later in Tokyo he hung his fourth Olympic medal around his neck, the silver of the team event in front of the German team.

They were the fourth consecutive Olympic Games in which Boll, who has six appearances in Olympic appointments since his debut in Sydney 2000, took the podium with the German team, after having been silver in Beijing 2008 and bronze in London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. Boll is undoubtedly one of the great names in table tennis of the last two decades, a luxury for a country like Spain lacking great international results.

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